BOX 4.1
Professional Society Statements on Undergraduate Research

•    American Physical Society:1

The Committee on Education of the American Physical Society calls upon this nation’s physics and astronomy departments to provide, as an element of best practice, all undergraduate physics and astronomy majors a significant research experience.

•    American Association of Physics Teachers:2

American Association of Physics Teachers urges that every physics and astronomy department provide its majors and potential physics majors with the opportunities and encouragement to engage in a meaningful and appropriate undergraduate research experience.

•    Society of Physics Students:3

We advocate that every student majoring in physics and/or astronomy engage in a meaningful undergraduate research experience.

•    Council on Undergraduate Research Statement, Physics and Astronomy Division:4

We call upon this Nation’s physics and astronomy departments to provide, as an element of best practice, all undergraduate physics and astronomy majors a significant research experience.

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1 American Physical Society, “Statement on Undergraduate Research,” 2008, available at http://www.aps.org/programs/education/undergrad/faculty/ug-research.cfm.

2 American Association of Physics Teachers, “AAPT Statement on Research Experiences for Undergraduates,” adopted by the AAPT Executive Board on November 1, 2009, available at http://www.aapt.org/Resources/policy/ugresearch.cfm.

3 Society of Physics Students, “SPS Statement Regarding Undergraduate Research,” approved on December 1, 2008, available at http://www.spsnational.org/governance/statements/2008undergraduate_research.htm.

4 Council on Undergraduate Research, Physics and Astronomy Division, Letter from Vijendra Agarwal, Chair, CUR Division of Physics and Astronomy, to the Chairs of Physics/Astronomy Departments, dated May 19, 2009, available at http://www.spsnational.org/governance/statements/cur_undergrad_research.pdf.

•    Becoming effective in oral and written communication of scientific ideas,

•    Achieving a basic understanding of statistical methods,

•    Learning about numerical simulations, and

•    Becoming familiar with current physics research.

Recommendation B3. Departmental leadership should recognize in the overall program the role of activities outside the classroom.



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